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Cathay Pacific data breach affects 9.4 million passengers

Oct 25

Cathay Pacific data breach affects 9.4 million passengers

The breach was discovered during ‘ongoing security processes’ Hong Kong’s privacy commissioner, Stephen Kai-yi Wong, expressed ‘serious concern’ over the lapse

HONG KONG: Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific Airways says it has discovered unauthorized access to the personal data of 9.4 million passengers.
The company said Thursday it had no evidence the leaked data had been misused. It said the breach was discovered during “ongoing security processes.”
Data stolen included names, nationalities; birth dates, phone numbers, addresses, passport and identity card numbers and expired credit card numbers, among other information. It said no passwords were compromised. It was contacting customers to advise them on how to protect themselves.
The news caused the airline’s shares to plunge 6.5 percent in early Hong Kong trading. By midday Thursday, Cathay Pacific’s shares were down 5.1 percent.
Hong Kong’s privacy commissioner, Stephen Kai-yi Wong, expressed “serious concern” over the lapse and urged companies to improve protection personal data.

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